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The Evolutionary Basis of Human Mate Selection
An examination of the biological basis for human mate selection.
# 113014 | 1,582 words | 20 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2009 in Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Women Studies (Marriage) , Biology (General)

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This paper discusses the biological bases of human romantic interest, mate selection, the prevailing patterns of promiscuity, infidelity in marriage and gender-based biological responses to marital infidelity, both real and imaginary. The paper discusses the research for each of these areas and examines how the concluded facts affect human mate selection. An annotated bibliography is included with the paper.

Table of Contents:
The Biological Basis of Human Sexual Attraction
The Significance of Symmetry, Hormonal Variation, and Fertility Indicators
The Role of Scent and Genetically-based Histocompatibility
Universal Gender-based Differences in the Response to Jealousy and Infidelity

From the Paper:

"Even the human response to jealousy is largely dictated by evolutionary responses (DeSteno, et al 2002) rather than concepts of higher moral principle. According to Margulis & Sagan, (1999), human males who suspected (rightly or wrongly) that their partners had been unfaithful produced dramatically higher concentrations of sperm in their ejaculate upon their first sexual contact after either reunion or reconciliation. Likewise, a study by Pietrzak, et al (2002) demonstrated the degree to which hormonal responses to infidelity differ between human males and females differed in terms of whether the threats involved emotional intimacy or sexual intimacy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barash, D., Lipton, J. (2001) The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People. New York: Henry Holt.
  • Bornstein, M., Ferdinandsen, K., Gross, C. (1981). Perception of symmetry in infancy. Developmental Psychology, Vol. 17, 82-86
  • Braun, M., Bryan, A. (2006) Female waist-to-hip and male waist-to-shoulder ratios as determinants of romantic partner desirability. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 23, No. 5, 805-819
  • DeSteno D, Bartlett M, Braverman J, Salovey P. (2002) Sex differences in jealousy: evolutionary mechanism or artifact of measurement? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol. 83 No. 5:1103-16
  • Kowner, R. (1996) Facial symmetry and attractiveness judgment in developmental perspective . Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Vol. 22, 662-675.

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